This is day 8 of the Kansas Wheat Harvest Reports, brought to you by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.
While farmers in central Kansas may be celebrating good harvesting conditions and above average yields, farmers to the west are starting to cope with shattered harvest plans and wheat heads after a storm hurled up to softball sized hail on Tuesday night.
Sources near Deerfield reported that their wheat is “toast,” but not the kind farmers want to see. Severe damage to crops, vehicles and homes were common place from Garden City to Ulysses, but 130 miles east farmers like Randy Fritzemeier, Stafford, saw ideal harvesting conditions and decent yields.
Fritzemeier reported that yields in his area have ranged from 30-80 bushels per acre. He started cutting his wheat about 10 days ago and will be wrapping up in another five days. Fritzemeier didn’t have any protein levels for his fields but a fellow farmer in the area said his protein was 11.1%. Test weights remained above 60 pounds per bushel.
Jenny Burgess, who farms in the Sterling area, reported that her yields have averaged 64 bushels per acre. She reported that their test weights remained very good and they received ample rain during grain fill. Burgess predicted they will be harvesting for a few more days, if the weather cooperates.
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.